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Kate In Custom McQueen For Duke of Westminster Service

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas came early today. Kate stepped out wearing the custom McQueen coat she first wore on Remembrance Sunday in 2015... That was the year that the super stylish Queen Maxima joined Kate on the balcony, upping the fashion stakes for everyone. We knew the coat would be lovely when we got a full-glimpse, but oh wow, were you expecting this?

The occasion that elicits this Christmas-come-early was not exactly festive.  Kate was attending a service of remembrance for the Duke of Westminster. I mentioned the Duke's death here on the blog some months ago. He was chum and confidante of Prince Charles and a staunch friend of the Crown. Westminster was a multi-billionaire with land and assets in London, across England, and in both Scotland and Spain. He was a philanthropist and patron of

Déjà Vu Debuts: Kate's New Recycles

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I have dubbed them "Déjà Vu Debuts." They are a special subset of Recycles. These are new items that are completely familiar, because although they might be in a fresh print or a new color, they are the same design as a predecessor. 

Kate has been doing this for years. In September of 2011 she wore a simple, but stunning sheath dress by Amanda Wakeley in a creamy "Oatmeal." Some seven months later, in April of 2012, Kate attended a reception at the Imperial War Museum wearing the same dress in a gun-metal grey. She added a McQueen belt to

Duchess's Déjà Vu Dress: Second Preen Finella for Place2Be

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

After an embargoed event at the Natural History Museum, Kate changed and headed to Mansion House for the second annual Wellbeing in Schools Awards for Place2Be. Kate has been royal patron for Place2Be for three years and the charity's focus on children's mental health has made it a charity to which Kate gives increasing attention. Tonight, the princess arrived in an interesting choice. The same Preen Finella dress that she wore with such success in red while on tour in Canada.

The Duchess gave a brief address to assembled guests. I like this picture that captures Kate's speech stance, weight on one hip and the right foot out just a little.

Kate & Dippy The Dinosaur at Natural History Museum

Hello, hello! I should be packing to catch my flight north to Wisconsin for turkey and cranberry stuffing this Thursday, but Kate the Great is out and about and I had to share this snap of our favorite duchess before popping off. She joined primary school students at the Natural History Museum for a party celebrating the famous Dippy the Dinosaur, who is going on tour soon. 

The party included excavation games and a table where guests could decorate faux dinosaur eggs. Kate wore a new dress from L.K. Bennett, the Cersei, which features a blue and black floral pattern interspersed with tufts of velvet. She is wearing her

The Queen Celebrates 69 Years of Marriage

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Today, Elizabeth and Philip celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. After meeting in 1934, when Elizabeth was only eight years old, the two began their romance in 1939 by exchanging letters--a time honored tradition. :) They were secretly engaged in 1946 and once Elizabeth reached her 21st birthday, the two announced their engagement and were married at Westminster on November 20, 1947.

The very popular Netflix series The Crown depicts the ealry years of the couple's marriage. I have really enjoyed the inside peek, even if many scenes are hypothesis of how history may have transpired. I have also enjoyed the debates it has sparked amongst historians regarding the veracity of the series. One altercation which has been acknowledged to be true

Kate's Clothes in Canada: How Did 2016 Measure Up?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It's been just over a month since Kate and the Cambridges waved goodbye to British Columbia at the close of their successful tour. Canada 2016 didn't match Down Under 2014 in length, nor did it have the crackling excitement of that first overseas trip five years ago, but it was nevertheless a landmark tour for the Cambridges as a family and for Kate's style evolution.  The duchess presented a carefully curated and lavish display of clothes for her second tour of Canada. The two big questions that hovered in the air in the run up to the tour were, (1) would we see a shift in Kate's style and, (2) how would this tour measure up to Canada 2011?

Canada 2016 was a turning point for tours, certainly, as Kate presented the boldest and most diverse selection of ensembles we have ever seen from her when traveling. Canada 2011 was her first step into royal dressing and she carried over a lot of her own style, choosing many High Street labels and demure designer selections. But even debuting a whole new wardrobe in 2011 didn't pack the same punch as Kate's array of ensembles this time around.

Make-Up Tutorial: Recreate Kate's Wedding Look + Happy Royal Engagement Day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's the 16th of November, which is a red letter day in my calendar of royal holidays. Six years ago today, after years of living out their romance under the watchful eye of press and fans alike, William and Kate finally went public about their secret engagement. Although the two like to keep their private life private, there are special days when it is only natural for them to share their joy with everyone, and the 16th of November certainly qualified as such a day. 

Once the princess of the party circuit, Kate had withdrawn from the night club scene for some months, but this sudden and dramatic exposure was all the better for the long wait.

Somber Kate Marks Remembrance Sunday

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Every year, on the Sunday closest to the 11th of November, the Queen and senior members of her family gather with government leaders at the Cenotaph to pay tribute to the country's fallen. In the often gloomy and grey winter morning, troops line magnificent Whitehall as the Monarch places the first wreath of red poppies at the base of the war monument. From the balcony of the Foreign Office, the spouses of those senior royals partaking in the tribute, watch somberly. Today, for the sixth consecutive year, Kate stood by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and HRH the Countess of Wessex on the principle balcony.

I have been watching The Crown on Netflix, as I think have all royal fans, so I Googled the Elizabeth's first Remembrance Sunday as queen and this video from 1952 surfaced:

Kate Misses the Mark at Festival of Remembrance

Saturday, November 12, 2016

You know what a Pinterest fail is, don't you? BuzzFeed has a whole subcategory of posts that feature side-by-side photos of the perfect craft project on Pinterest and the less than perfect results when crafters try the project at home. Regrettably, Kate's ensemble tonight at the Royal Albert Hall was an analogous fashion fail.

The couple were joining the Queen for the annual Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall. Senior members of the BRF attend, as well as government dignitaries. New Prime Minister Theresa May is visible on the left of this picture. The performance is always a moving tribute to the fallen, so it is quite a somber evening and all the ladies wear black.

Pippa & Carole Middleton Spotted with Wedding Dress Designer?

Friday, November 11, 2016

For some reason, I always get the bug to blog 24-48 hours before Kate has a scheduled event. So here we are on the cusp of back-to-back events, and I feel like blogging now. Meghan Markle took a week away from filming Suits and is in London with Harry, probably mapping out a strategy to keep some peace in her personal life. She was snapped shopping at Whole Foods in Kensington before heading back to Kensington Palace. 

Daily Mail Online
But, that isn't what I came to chat about today. Let's talk about Carole and Pippa! Everyone's favorite bride-to-be is still busy planning her fast approaching wedding. It was reported last month that Pippa will marry in May in her Bucklebury church with a reception to follow at her parents' home.

It's Official! Kensington Palace Confirms Prince Harry is Dating Meghan Markle

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

While the papers and tabloids have run multiple stories now about Prince Harry's alleged relationship with Meghan Markle, the Palace has been silent...until this morning. This morning, Kensington Palace issued a long press release objecting to the treatment Ms. Markle has received since the news broke and in the process, of course, confirming their relationship.  

Meghan Markle Instagram

Regrettably, it sounds like Meghan and some family members have been subject to a little more than the usual paparazzi attention. In the press release, the Palace refers to some disturbing behavior, including what sounds like attempted home invasions!

Kate's Embargoed Visit to HMP Eastwood Park & The Nelson Trust

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge had no scheduled events today, but it turns out she had an embargoed event! The princess arrived at The Nelson Trust in Gloucester this morning to learn about the organizations work with vulnerable woman who have experienced abuse, as well as the support The Nelson Trust provides for mental health issues, alcohol addiction, and drug dependency. 

According to Kensington Palace, Kate first visited HMP Eastwood Park. She met with
female prisoners to hear their stories and learn about the support they are offered. At the moment, I have found no pictures of that stop, which appears to have been very private. This is not the first time that Kate has made an unannounced visit to a prison. You doubtless remember her surprise engagement at HMP Send last year, in that drop-dead gorgeous The Fold dress.

Duchess Kate's Night at the Movies for Action on Addiction

Thursday, November 3, 2016

As we crossed into November and approach Remembrance Day, we really have rounded the corner from the slower days of the late summer and fall and into the busy and often glitzy days of winter. What better way to kick the season off than a red-carpet charity event? The Duchess of Cambridge joined the stars of A Street Cat Named Bob last night as a guest of honor for Action on Addiction, one of her patronages.

A Street Cat Named Bob is the story of a struggling musician (and recovering drug addict) and a stray cat, who form an unlikely
friendship. Joanne Froggatt, of Anna Bates fame, also had a leading role.  

It was announced a little earlier in the day that Kate had a planned stop before the premiere, but that it was embargoed. Once she arrived, it was revealed to be a meeting with recovered addicts who have gotten involved in film.

Is Prince Harry Dating Suits' Meghan Markle?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Royal watching circles have been buzzing with a story that is gaining momentum by the day, it seems. The word is that Prince Harry is dating Suits star Meghan Markle. I am always slow to lend credence to stories about Harry's purported romances, but by now more than one respected royal reporter has taken up the story, so I think it is time to give it a peek.

Markle is an American by birth, but lives in Toronto, Canada, where Suits is, apparently, filmed. A lot of the details about the romance are currently in conflict.